Historic Environment (Wales) Bill

A Welsh Government Bill, introduced by Mick Antoniw MS, Counsel General and Minister for the Constitution, under Standing Order 26C – Consolidation Acts of the Senedd. The Business Committee has remitted the Bill to the Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee.

About the Bill

The Bill includes provision to consolidate legislation relating to the historic environment in Wales. It provides for the protection of monuments, buildings and conservation areas by bringing together and restating already-existing legislation (both primary and secondary) in one place.

Further detail about the Bill can be found in its accompanying Explanatory Memorandum.

Current Stage

The Bill is currently at Detailed Committee Consideration. A guide to Consolidation Bills is available in the Guidance to support the operation of Standing Order 26C on Consolidation Bills.

Record of Passage in the Welsh Parliament

The following table sets out the dates for each stage of the Bill’s passage through the Welsh Parliament.

¬¬¬ Detailed Committee Consideration (Current)

Detailed Committee Consideration began on 18 January 2023. Details of tabled amendments will be published here.

Detailed Committee Consideration will take place in Committee on 13 February 2023. The deadline for tabling amendments is five working days before the date of the meeting at which they are due to be considered.

The Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee agreed on 16 January 2023, under Standing Order 26C.27, that the order of consideration for Detailed Committee Consideration proceedings would be: sections 2 to 75; Schedules 1 and 3 to 6; sections 76 to 157; Schedules 2 and 7 to 10; sections 158 to 166; Schedule 11; sections 167 to 191; Schedule 12; sections 192 to 213; Schedules 13 and 14; section 1; and the Long title.

Notice of Amendments – 24 January 2023  (PDF 141KB)

Welsh Government: Purpose and effect table – 25 January 2023 (PDF 410KB)

Welsh Government: Illustration of proposed government amendments – 25 January 2023 (PDF 380KB)

Notice of Amendments – 6 February 2023 (PDF 127KB)

Marshalled List of Amendments – 13 February 2023 (PDF 187KB)

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¬¬¬Initial Consideration (4 July 2022 – 23 December 2022)

A debate took place in Plenary on 17 January 2023. The motion to agree that the Bill should proceed as a Consolidation Bill was agreed.

The Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee agreed its approach to Initial Consideration on 4 July 2022.

The Committee agreed to scrutinise the Bill in line with Standing Order 26C.17, in that it considered whether:

i. it was satisfied that the scope of the consolidation is appropriate;

ii. it was satisfied that the relevant enactments have been included within the consolidation;

iii. the Bill correctly consolidates the enactments or changes their substantive legal effect only to the extent allowed by Standing Order 26C.2;

iv. the Bill consolidates the law clearly and consistently.

The Committee also considered any other matter it believed to be relevant to Standing Order 26C.

Committee dates

The Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee considered the Bill on the following dates:

Date and agenda

Purpose of meeting

Transcript

Senedd.TV

4 July 2022

Consideration of approach to Initial consideration (Private)

(Private)

(Private)

11 July 2022

Ministerial evidence session

Transcript

View meeting

26 September 2022

Oral evidence session

Transcript

View meeting

3 October 2022
17 October 2022
24 October 2022

Consideration of stakeholder views (Private)

(Private)

(Private)

14 November 2022

Ministerial evidence session

Transcript

View Meeting

28 November
2022

Consideration  of draft report (Private)

(Private)

(Private)

12 December 2022

Consideration  of draft report (Private)

(Private)

(Private)


Committee Report

The Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee laid its report (PDF 3.9 MB) on 23 December 2022.

The Counsel General wrote to the Committee on 12 January 2023 and responded specifically to recommendation 10 in the Committee's report.
The Counsel General wrote again to the Committee on the 18 January 2023 and provided a response to the other recommendations in the Committee's report.

Correspondence

Correspondence with the Counsel General and Minister for the Constitution

Letter to the Counsel General and Minister for the Constitution: Follow-up to evidence session on the Historic Environment (Wales) Bill - 19 July 2022
Letter from the Counsel General and Minister for the Constitution: Follow-up to evidence session on the Historic Environment (Wales) Bill - 17 August 2022
Letter to the Counsel General and Minister for the Constitution: Matters of Interest in the Drafters' Notes - 20 September 2022
Letter from the Counsel General and Minister for the Constitution: Matters of Interest in the Drafters' Notes - 17 October 2022
Letter to the Counsel General and Minister for the Constitution: Historic Environment (Wales) Bill – 7 October 2022
Letter from  the Counsel General and Minister for the Constitution: Historic Environment (Wales) Bill - 28 October 2022
Letter from the Counsel General and Minister for the Constitution: Historic Environment (Wales) Bill – 25 November 2022


Correspondence with stakeholders

Letter from the Chair of the Legislation, Justice and Constitution Committee to Stakeholders, 15 July 2022
Letter from Historic Houses Wales, 17 August 2022
Letter from Natural Resources Wales, 30 August 2022
Letter from Royal Town Planning Institute, 2 September 2022
Letter from Dr Hayley Roberts, Bangor University, September 2022
Letter from the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers, 8 September 2022
Letter from the Country, Land and Business Association, 7 October 2022
Letter from the Deputy Welsh Language Commissioner, 17 October 2022 [English translation by the Senedd Commission]

 

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¬¬¬Bill introduced (4 July 2022)

Historic Environment (Wales) Bill, as introduced on 4 July 2022

Explanatory Memorandum

Explanatory Memorandum: Annex A – Explanatory Notes

Explanatory Memorandum: Annex B1 – Table of Origins

Explanatory Memorandum: Annex B2 – Table of Destinations

Explanatory Memorandum: Annex C – Explanation of changes made to existing provisions (Drafters’ Notes)

Explanatory Memorandum: Annex D – Correspondence from the Law Commission

Presiding Officer’s Statement

Business Committee’s Report on the timetable for consideration of the Bill

Senedd Research blog article: First consolidation bill introduced into the Senedd, to make Welsh historic environment law more accessible

Business Committee's Report on the revised timetable for consideration of the bill

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Contact information

Clerk: Sarah Sargent

Email: SeneddLJC@senedd.wales

Business type: Bill

First published: 04/07/2022

Documents